Minster 5th, New Knoxville's Boyle 25th at state cross country
HEBRON — New Knoxville senior Cassie Boyle returned to the state cross country meet after a year hiatus and made the most of it.
Boyle finished 25th in the girls Division III race in her final race for the Rangers on Saturday on the course at Hebron’s National Trail Raceway that winds around the dragstrip and finishes in front of the large grandstand about a quarter mile down the track.
“I was happy I made All-Ohio,” Boyle said. “I was hoping for a little bit more, but I’ll take it.”
Boyle made it to state and finished 23rd overall as a sophomore. Boyle’s junior season ended at the regional in Troy, however. So a return to the Columbus area for another crack at the state meet was a nice finish for the senior.
“I’m really happy with this,” Boyle said. “A much better finish than a ear ago.”
Boyle’s fell back on her state experience from 2011 to pace herself against a field that sometimes got out to a jackrabbit start.
“I knew people like to go out really fast. A lot of them are full of adrenaline, so you never know what to expect,” Boyle said.
She wasn’t the only runner from Auglaize County finding success in the girls Division III race.
The Minster girls cross country team finished fifth. The Wildcats scored 157 points.
Minster freshman Morgan Pohl had a big first state meet. Pohl led the charge for the Minster girls with a 14th place overall finish and 18:17 time.
Along with Pohl’s All-Ohio finish, Minster’s Kaci Bornhorst finished 37th (19:58), Lisa Barlage took 44th (20:07), Julia Slonkosky was 62nd (20:18), Ali Borgerding finished 74th (20:32), Katherine Burke was 83rd (20:47) and Olivia Enneking took 98th (21:18).
Division II Girls
St. Marys senior Kristen Dammeyer wrapped up her strong season with a 62nd place finish in the girls Division II championship race. Dammeyer crossed the finish line in 20:06.
Division III Boys
A trio of Auglaize County boys runners competed at the state meet on Saturday.
Minster’s Ben Butler finished sixth in the boys Division III race. A sophomore, Butler turned in a 16:57 time.
New Knoxville senior Isaac Kuntz finished his cross country career at New Knoxville in 84th with a 17:40 time.
Minster senior Dominic Slonkosky wrapped up his strong four-year run with the Wildcat cross country team with a 108th place finish and 17:59 time.
Division II Boys
Celina’s Cole Mertz finished 114th with a 17:53 time for the Bulldogs.